The Wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums. Actor-singer Sheb Wooley is considered to be the most likely voice actor for the scream, having appeared on a memo as a voice extra for the film. In "The Charge at Feather River" (1953), the scream is heard when a soldier named Pvt. Wilhelm (played by Ralph Brooke) gets shot in the leg by an arrow. (Source: Wikipedia/Hollywood Lost and Found)
January 6, 2018 Subject:
Second most popular? I've always heard this take described as "the" Wilhelm, and that there were 7 takes. I think this one was take 5, and that take 7 has appeared in a few things, too. The best is when you can get a recording with the engineer slating "man being eaten by a crocodile take 3" like it's just another day in the salt mines. No matter, there's so much lore around this, I don't think anyone really knows the whole story.
May 25, 2009 Subject:
One of the most famous screams in history
There were actually four different variations of the Wilhelm. This is the original and the second most popular.